Social Change in China summer school

The Department of China Studies of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University invites students of all nationalities to the China Studies Summer School in “Social Change in China”.

The summer school runs from Saturday 1 to Saturday 29 July 2017 and will take the students to Xi’an, Chengdu and Hangzhou, as well as introducing them to Suzhou, the home of XJTLU.


This course is concerned with the major changes undergone by Chinese society since the beginning of reform and openness strategy in 1978. Placing these changes in historical perspective, it focuses on three broad topics, each of which is considered in depth: social classes; regional diversity; equality. All three are set in the historical context of China’s emergence as a growing international economic and political force. This course bring students to historical sites in Suzhou, Hangzhou, Xi’an and Chengdu. Work on the three broad topics will follow a similar pattern, comprising lectures, discussion groups, site explorations and practical projects.


There will be opportunities to learn Chinese during the Summer School, although no prior knowledge of Chinese is necessary. Language classes will be provided most days and a Chinese language teacher will accompany the Summer School.


Professor David Goodman is head of the Department of China Studies at XJTLU. A fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and a PRC Ministry of Education Distinguished Overseas Academic, his research concentrates on social and political change in China since 1900, especially at the local level.

Other members of staff:

Prof. Pawel Zygadlo
Prof. Beatriz Carrillo
Prof. Yu Song


The course may be taken for credit at other universities, equivalent to one-eighth of a full-time student learning load for an academic year. Further details of assessment are available on request.


Travel and accommodation are organised by the Summer School. You will be met at Shanghai airport and brought to Suzhou. The costs of travel and accommodation are included with the tuition fee.

For info and enquiries please see the file here attached or visit the Summer School webpage at:

More info about the Department of China Studies can be found at:

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